Share article:
Share article:

Four more countries turn red on ECDC coronavirus map

Credit: ECDC

An increasing number of countries are turning red on the coronavirus map of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), meaning they crossed the threshold of 120 confirmed infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last two weeks.

After Belgium was coloured red on Wednesday 23 September, four other countries have now also gone from dark orange to red, according to the ECDC.

Previously, Spain (320 cases per 100,000 inhabitants over the past two weeks), the Czech Republic (267/100,000), France (235) and Luxembourg (189) were also previously coloured red.

Now, the Netherlands (171), Iceland (128), Denmark (128) and Hungary (127) have also been added to that list, bringing the total to 9 red countries in Europe.

Related News:


According to Sciensano’s latest figures, Belgium’s incidence rate climbed to 175 confirmed infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the past two weeks on Monday.

The Netherlands has seen its figures skyrocket in recent days, with almost 3,000 new confirmed infections yesterday. Late on Monday evening, the country announced additional measures, including the closing of all bars and restaurants at 10:00 PM.

Iceland recorded 39 new infections on Sunday, double the number of Saturday. However, as Iceland has a population of only 364,000 people, this means that even a low number of new infections can cause a significant increase in the incidence. On Wednesday, the authorities will see whether the trend continues and whether the measures in the country need to be tightened.

In Denmark, the situation is “worrying” as the figures reached their highest level in four months on Monday, according to Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. “This applies to both the number of new infections and the number of hospital admissions,” she told the Berlingske news site.

Maïthé Chini
The Brussels Times

Latest news

Masks reintroduced indoors, teleworking encouraged
Masks will again be mandatory inside shops and other indoor public spaces, Prime Minister Alexander De Croo announced in a press conference on ...
Belgium intends to activate the pandemic law, says Health Minister
"We intend to activate the pandemic law," Public Health Minister Frank Vandenbroucke confirmed on Tuesday in the House committee, ahead of Tuesday's ...
Offers for fake Covid Safe Tickets circulating on social media
As the Covid Safe Ticket (CST) becomes mandatory in many places across Belgium, offers for forgeries are increasingly circulating on social media. ...
EU auditors: More worried about the future budget than about pervasive errors in the 2020 budget
The European Court of Auditors (ECA) have signed off the 2020 EU accounts as giving a true and fair view of the union’s financial position but like ...
Belgium aims to tackle sexual violence with video interrogations
The federal government is looking to tackle sexual violence and increase convictions connected to this crime by relying more heavily on video ...
Duvel celebrates 150th anniversary with special brew in commemorative bottle
Belgium’s Duvel Moortgat Brewery is celebrating its 150th anniversary with the release of a special brew in a commemorative bottle shaped like its ...
Pollution scandal: 3M to show emissions don’t pose risk or halt production
Flanders has ordered American company 3M, involved in a pollution scandal in Antwerp, to prove that emissions linked to its production activities do ...
The Netherlands fears a greater rise in sea levels than forecast
Sea levels could rise by up to two metres by 2100 on the Dutch coastline – far more than previously forecast – according to an announcement from the ...
The Smurfs return to Belgian TV with the first new show since 1989
A new Smurfs show is bringing the characters of Belgium's second-most-famous comic franchise back to the small screen with their first new series, 30 ...
On this day in Brussels: An entrepreneurial journey begins
The Rue Dansaert was just beginning to become trendy when Alain Coumont opened his first bakery here on 26 October 1990. He started by baking big ...
Almost half of Belgian subsidies from EU left unused
Belgium left almost half (49%) of its subsidies allocated by the European Union between 2013 and 2020 unused, the equivalent of around €1.375 ...
Visitors to embark on Orient Express adventure at Brussels exhibition
An exhibition dedicated to the Orient Express – the train that was the scene for many novels, including Agatha Christie's – allows visitors to ...